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Monday, June 10, 2019

TDEC and business have a "cozy" relationship
State employees can no longer privately solicit sponsorships and money for an annual golf tournament at a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation event. There have been concerns that state employees, charged with monitoring certain businesses, have become cozy with lobbyists and representatives of waste, chemical and construction companies that are subject to state regulation. Environmentalists criticized the event for fostering a close relationship between state regulators and those they monitor. In a letter sent to Justin Wilson, the Tennessee Comptroller, TDEC Commissioner David Salyers said his senior leadership team developed a "corrective action plan to address concerns surrounding the event." At the recent convention, scores of TDEC employees joined representatives from companies and special interest groups for an evening of bar-hopping. There also is a call for eliminating prizes for employees and other conference participants. The prizes this year included Tennessee whiskey, power tools, event tickets and a large flat-screen TV. The prizes were paid for by the companies that TDEC is responsible for regulating.

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